IOM Slovakia provided training to another 87 professional practicioners who are working with vulnerable groups of population. Trained professionals are able to teach individuals and groups how to recognize the risks of human trafficking, how to avoid them and what to do in a crisis situation.

IOM Migration Information Centre (MIC) opens the next cycle of Open Courses of Slovak Language for citizens of non-EU countries with a permanent, temporary or tolerated residence permit in Slovakia. The courses are free of charge and are open both to beginners and the pre-intermediate.

Check out interesting facts and latest news about the activities and services of IOM in Slovakia – released in the latest issue of the IOM Slovakia Newsletter in April 2019.

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In 2018, IOM assisted 80 foreigners with their voluntary return to 21 countries of origin. The IOM Migration Information Center provided 4,550 clients with 6,763 consultations about important areas of life in Slovakia, and IOM lecturers trained another 96 professionals in the field of human trafficking prevention.

The new EMN video briefly explains the main findings of the study Approaches to Unaccompanied Minors Following Status Determination in the EU and Norway (2017). This study informs about integration measures adopted by EU member states aimed at unaccompanied minors...

In October 2018 and in March 2019 in Žilina, Trnava, Prešov and Martin, the IOM Migration Information Centre (MIC) organized public events "We Are Also at Home Here: What is it Like for Foreigners Who Live in Slovakia" with discussion, short film stories of foreigners, exhibition and food tasting.

The IOM Migration Information Centre (MIC) has prepared new fact sheets for foreigners with current information and recommendations on how to apply for residence in Slovakia, and what obligations arise from the different types of temporary and permanent residence. Fact sheets are available on the IOM MIC website.

On 4 and 5 December 2018 at the Kino Lumière in Bratislava, the festival featured three remarkable films about the reasons for migration to Europe, the radical intervention of the Syrian conflict into people's lives, and the challenges faced by refugees in an unknown environment in new countries.

By António Vitorino, Director General International Organization for Migration (IOM)

"Migration is the great issue of our era. Migration With Dignity (#WithDignity) is the theme of 2018’s International Migrants Day, which we observe on Tuesday (18 December).

By 2050, more than 140 million people could be forced to leave their homes as the effects of global warming problems like water scarcity, crop failure, rising sea levels and storm surges. Experts from the World Bank, Czech Academy of Sciences and IOM discussed migration caused by climate change.